Which one is better

Discussion in 'iMac' started by breiko, May 21, 2018.

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Which of the 2 following iMacs do you think is better

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  1. breiko macrumors newbie

    breiko

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    Hello guys,

    which of the 2 following iMacs do you think is better:

    1) iMac 21.5 Mid 2014 i5 1.4GHz 8 GB 500 GB SATA

    2) iMac 21.5 Late 2013 i5 2.7GHz 8 GB 1 TB SATA
     
  2. redheeler, May 21, 2018
    Last edited: May 21, 2018

    redheeler macrumors 604

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    I'd avoid both as neither has an SSD, unless you plan to attach one externally and boot the OS from that. I guarantee you will notice the slowness running MacOS Sierra on a 5400 RPM drive.

    That aside, definitely the Late 2013. The Mid 2014 is a budget model with low-power MacBook Air hardware in an iMac instead of a quad-core desktop CPU, but with a slow mechanical hard drive in place of the fast SSD found in MacBook Airs.
     
  3. breiko thread starter macrumors newbie

    breiko

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    Thanks!! I actually have to keep one of the 2 and send the other one to Apple to trade up.
     
  4. nambuccaheadsau, May 21, 2018
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    nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000

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    Likewise neither with slow as molasses 5400rpm hard drives.

    As a last resort, keep the latter and run an SSD via USB3 as an external drive. Clone the operating system to it and select as the boot drive from System Preferences > Startup Disk.
     
  5. breiko thread starter macrumors newbie

    breiko

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    Thanks. I will consider this as an option.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    This link seems to indicate that the 2013 is a better model
    https://everymac.com/systems/apple/...-imac-aluminum-late-2013-mid-2014-models.html
     
  7. tarsins macrumors 6502a

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    Voted for 2 but personally I wouldn't consider a non-SSD drive these days.
     
  8. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    I would keep the second one but I would replace the sata drive with an ssd before I used it.
     

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